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Empirical realism : meaning and the generative foundation of morality

Author: David K Clark
Publisher: Lanham, MD ; Oxford : Lexington Books, ©2004.
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"In Empirical Realism, David K. Clark asks, simply: Is there a moral structure to the universe? His answer takes a rigorous detour through key questions raised by classical philosophy, metaphysics, epistemology, and the philosophy of the mind. Clark masterfully navigates key issues in each of these rubrics, finally entrenching his readers firmly in the larger realism/antirealism debate. Although the argument favors  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David K Clark
ISBN: 0739107666 9780739107669
OCLC Number: 52854041
Description: ix, 419 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The Textual Overview --
The Metaphysical --
Realism vs. Antirealism: In Search of the World Well Lost --
Opening Discussion --
Reductive Holism: The Presupposition of the Debate --
The Anatomy of the Debate --
The Midas Touch: The Enigma of Empiricism and the Dogma of Pragmatism --
The Midas Touch --
Harnessing the Midas Touch: The World Recovered --
Givenness: Early Considerations --
The Negative Case for Givenness --
The Positive Case for Givenness --
The World as Tribunal --
The Mental --
Psychological Meaning: Intrinsic to Internal Processes? --
Foder's Internalism --
Searle's Internalism --
Putnam's Strong Externalism --
Enjoying Your Experience and Having It Too --
Dennett's Physicalism --
The Quest for "Real Meaning" --
Extensionality and Omniscience --
Qualia Re-qualified --
Sense and Nonsense --
The Moral --
The Transition to Morality: The Preliminary Case Against Moral Realism --
The Tradition --
Pertinent Features of the Contemporary Scene --
The Face of Moral Realism --
The Authority of Affect --
Normativity: The Generative Ground of Moral Facts --
Moral Facts and Supervenience --
Dignity and Basic Empirical Concepts --
Moral Realism Under Fire --
Dignity and Moral Sensibility --
Objectivity and Queerness --
Internalism --
Realism by Fiat? --
No Exit: The Exclusive Disjunction --
Moral Facts as the Alternative to Caprice --
What Do We Owe To Others? --
Commitment and Value --
Norm-Expressivism --
Sources of Normativity? --
The Marriage of Heaven and Hell: Monism and Pluralism Together Again --
Callicott's Monism.
Responsibility: David K. Clark.

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'Empirical Realism' argues a case for moral realism, providing an account of normativity which is anchored within a comprehensive philosophical theory.  Read more...

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